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looking to get back into travelling (camping).  Thinking about a pick up, truck camper and an old jeep on a car trailer.  Need some recommendations

 

 

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29 minutes ago, jpcoll01 said:

Flat tow that old Jeep and save hauling a trailer around. 

I agree, this way ptanner can get by with a 1T single rear wheel pickup. the tow bar for the Jeep doesn't add weight to the truck hitch. Were he to tow a car trailer w/Jeep and perhaps other stuff on the trailer he would need a dually due to truck camper weight +hitch weight of trailer.

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9 hours ago, ptanner said:

Thinking about a pick up, truck camper and an old jeep on a car trailer.

You will first need to know what the truck camper you plan to use will weigh. Then you need to know the hitch weight of the trailer when the Jeep is on it ant the total weight of the trailer with the jeep on it.  Add the weight of the truck, the weight of the camper, and the total weight of the trailer & jeep and compare that to the total combined weight ratings of trucks being considered. You also need to consider the axle weight ratings of the truck. It is impossible for anyone to give you truck recommendations that are valid without more information. 

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16 hours ago, Kirk Wood said:

You will first need to know what the truck camper you plan to use will weigh. Then you need to know the hitch weight of the trailer when the Jeep is on it ant the total weight of the trailer with the jeep on it.  Add the weight of the truck, the weight of the camper, and the total weight of the trailer & jeep and compare that to the total combined weight ratings of trucks being considered. You also need to consider the axle weight ratings of the truck. It is impossible for anyone to give you truck recommendations that are valid without more information. 

You are correct of course, I misspoke. A 12' or longer truck camper is too much weight for a single axle pickup, it can make a dually squat. One company tried to sell a "tag axle" that carried part of the weight that extends past the truck-bed, It never worked out well. https://www.smartrvguide.com/L48608117

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On 12/4/2017 at 10:01 PM, ptanner said:

looking to get back into travelling (camping).  Thinking about a pick up, truck camper and an old jeep on a car trailer.  Need some recommendations

 

 

 

I fancy the Alaskan Truck Campers and similar to keep overall height and weight center lower which can be helpful on some backcountry travel, and agree that the trailer's not needed to tow the Jeep (in a sense it becomes a stores hauler while traveling) unless it's been designed/built for off road use solely.

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I have an "06 GMC DuraMax 2500 with a slide in pop up camper and I flat tow an '05 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (the original Unlimited, long wheel base 2-door).  The truck pulls the combo exceptionally well...you'll want to add an aux brake system to the Jeep to reduce the fear of a panic stop.

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Trailer towing will usually add too much tongue weight to a truck camper rig.   It may be better to sell the old trailer and put the money into a good tow bar and auxiliary braking system on the Jeep.

 

 

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There is a lot of stuff to think about. I have done what you are talking about. As someone mentioned you need to check the weights of what the pickup can do. There is the load capacity the truck can haul and mine had a lower capacity for camper.....around 1,000 pounds less. Look for a sticker in the glove box for camper weights.  If you buy a new  truck the boxes are narrower than the older ones. I have a 2016 Chevy 3500 diesel. A lot of the older campers are too wide to fit. I had good luck with S&S. The one in the pic is a '94.

If the camper hangs too far off the end of the box, you are going have to buy a hitch extension. The extension is going to lower your towing weight and hitch weight. My camper is 9.5 ft and weighed 2,800 lbs. I found a 24ft enclosed trailer with a 5 ft hitch, moved the jack back and was able to tow it without an extension. I hauled my wife's '64 Mustang, along with a bunch of other stuff from Arizona to Alaska last March. The truck had more than enough power it easily handled the load. There wasn't a hill between AZ and AK where I couldn't do the speed limit. The only thing that slowed me down were the curves.

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On 12/4/2017 at 9:01 PM, ptanner said:

Need some recommendations

Just wondering if you are still reading these and if anyone has helped you yet? Throw in a comment or point us in the right direction if we can help. There are lots of truck owners on the forums.

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