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mikeashford
post May 3 2013, 12:27 PM
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I am planning on getting a Chevy or GMC 3500 4X4 duely long bed pick up. The Artic Fox dealer is offering a better deal on the 1150 than the 990. My wife likes the added floor space of the 1150 but I am hesitant to pack around that much camper, i.e. one that extends 3 frigg'in feet aft of the truck bed. It just seems like too much overhang even though the duely truck can probably handle it.

I have never driven 1. a truck with a camper 2. a duely diesel truck and 3. a truck with 4000 lbs in the back end so I have zero frame of reference to make an intellegent decision. Because there are two separate components, you can't go to the Artic Fox dealer and take a camper out for a test drive......... :^(

So, I am relying on the expertise of forums like this to get some insight into the experence. Are my fears unfounded or not?

Thanks, Mike in Oly
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Spanky
post May 3 2013, 12:45 PM
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Favorite Truck Camper(s): Lance 1030
Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 1999 F350 Power Stroke Dually SuperCab
Type of Tiedowns used: Torklift
Truck and Camper Setup: 1999 Ford F350 4x4 Super Cab 1 ton Dually Lance 1030 Torklift tiedowns



I drive an F350 4wd Ford dually and haul a Lance 1030 that hangs 3 feet off the back and other than dropping off a steep curb, I have no problems with it. Also you get a lot more stability with a dually. Sure will be alot more space in the 1150 than the 990. If I were gonna buy a dually I would go with the 1150 JMO.
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zcookiemonstar
post May 3 2013, 11:30 PM
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If you have never driven anything like a big truck or rv a cheap way to try is to go to the local UHAUL and rent a truck with a big box and cab overhang. This will not be exactly the same because of weight and other things but it will give you an idea of what it is like to drive something of that size.
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aqualung
post May 4 2013, 07:36 AM
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Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: Dodge 3500 Dually Quadcab 4x4 6.7L Cummins
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Truck and Camper Setup: 2008 Adventurer 90FWS Torklift Tiedowns with SuperHitch and SuperTruss Firestone Air Bags Torklift Load Stabilizers Fastgun Turnbuckles



You'll get used to driving the rig very quickly, either rig. At first just take it slow, especially in the corners, until you get a feel for it.

As for the 990 versus the 1150, go with the one you and your wife like the best. There won't be a lot of difference between the two when it comes to driving. When you pack your stuff in, try to keep the heavy stuff as low as possible. With the camper in, a dually will be and feel much safer than a single rear wheel truck because you have that wider stance where the weight is.

The dually feels really big at first but after driving it for awhile it just feels normal. My wife was intimidated by ours at first but she's the main driver on it now, I only get to drive it on weekends.... sad.gif Sadly for me, its a commuter car during the week.
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