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> Amerigo weight, Can my truck do it

sweeney153
post May 5 2017, 08:37 AM
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Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 2006 Chevy 1500
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I want to get an Amerigo truck camper. the owner thinks it a 1979 Does any on know how much it weighs?

I tried to add pictures but it didn't work. I guess i don't know how.

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SidecarFlip
post May 5 2017, 08:44 AM
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Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 1997 Ford F350 4x4 LB SRW CC 7.3 diesel
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Truck and Camper Setup: 1997 Ford F350 4 door 4x4 Crew Cab 7.3 Diesel, Lance 915 loaded, 2015 Palomino SS1500 Loaded



It's too big and heavy for a 1500 series chevy pickup truck. You don't have the suspension to carry it, no matter what the weight is.
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Nobody
post Jun 6 2017, 07:45 PM
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Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: '99 Ford F-250 SuperCab long bed, 7.3L Power Stroke
Type of Tiedowns used: Blackstone Mfg Co Camper Clampers, looking for TorkLift
Truck and Camper Setup: 2003 SunLite 8.5 WTSB, modified roof lift to support roof air



I hafta agree with SidecarFlip. No half ton Chevy (or any other half ton truck) is made to carry a modern solid wall camper. I personally don't know of any solid wall campers built in the past few years that weigh less'n 2K or thereabouts (& I believe the Amerigo is heavier than that), & that, is too heavy for a half ton truck. The GVW may say you can carry it but the spindles, transmission, & other 'running gear' are simply not made to haul that kind of load. You'll put excess wear on the components of your truck that it ain't made to accommodate. In the mid 1960s/early 1970s I hauled an 8' Fields cabover truck camper on a '63 GMC half ton, long bed with V-6 & auto transmission. Think my camper weighed around 800 to 1K lbs. Wife & I & 2 young sons 'toured' the western USA in that rig. No one in those days had even heard of 'frame mounted tie downs' so I used modified 'stake pocket' tie downs & hardware store turnbuckles. Would I use the same rig today? Probably not but at that time it was common usage & worked well for us for several years. We thoroughly enjoyed that truck & camper, & saw/visited places we would never have seen otherwise... Our sons grew up traveling & camping. They're safe, sensible men & would probably 'marvel' at how 'timid' I've become in my 70s.
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SidecarFlip
post Jun 7 2017, 10:58 AM
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Any Chevy 1500 series pickup will have a limited cargo weight, even more so if it's 4 wheel drive. If I were you, I'd look around for a used P'up like Nobody and I have, preferrably one with no overhang, That will be more suitable for your truck.

Any hardside in your truck will be at the very least a 'white knuckle' driving experience and stopping it will also be 'white knuckle' if you can safely stop it. Your truck components aren't up to the weight of a hardside, not matter how good a 'deal' it is.
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