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Game, Set, Match: The Need For Better Matching Advice

I am waiting for the new Rams to come out. Fingers crossed that the single rear wheels will have enough legitimate payload for a Bigfoot 10.4. If not, a dually it is.” – Dan Allison

“Let me see here. How lazy can you get? Is the next step hiring a professional driver too? A truck and camper should not be a ‘git ‘n go’ experience.

You are throwing somewhere between 2,000 and 6,000 pounds in the bed of a pickup truck. You better know what you are doing.

The experience along with learning the capabilities of your truck and matching it to the camper are invaluable. Be a knowledgable truck and camper owner for your safety and for others.” – Don Pryor, 2019 Ford F350, 2008 Arctic Fox 1150

“Professionally matched truck and camper rigs are not for everyone, but I see so many over capacity rigs on the road. Having had single and dual rear wheel I know that most single rear wheel trucks with campers are over capacity. There are too many campers recommended for three-quarter ton trucks that really need a dually.

There’s nothing like a good safety margin, especially when you consider the additional weight of people and gear. Thanks for being the point people on this issue.” – Dave Miller, 2015 Ford F350, 2002 Bigfoot 10.6E

“The trouble with this idea is there are too many truck alternatives to pick from (make, color, trim level, etc.). The problem is that the camper sales people are generally not trained to match trucks and campers. It’s all about getting the sale and getting the camper out the door on whatever the customer drives.

Making the problem worse is the fact that truck camper sales at most RV dealerships are a small fraction of their total sales. So sales people don’t have much incentive to get smart about camper and truck matching. I believe that the best that we can do is use the TCM truck and camper matching guidance.” – Jim Goodrich, 2006 Chevy 3500, 2008 Lance 1191

“I feel part of the lure of the truck camper market is the ability to use your truck of choice under your preferred truck camper. I’m not sure I would want someone else making that choice for me. If I was a newbie to the truck camper market, it might be attractive, especially if you do not have a truck brand preference.” – Richard Jones, 2005 Chevrolet 2500HD, 2013 Wolf Creek SB

“I like the idea of professionally matched rigs, but I see some logistical and philosophical problems. Would the smaller, custom build companies be able to keep a couple of pre-matched rigs on the lot? Would they have the physical space and financial resources to do so? And would independent, mod-crazy, go-it-your-own-way truck camper clientele embrace such a lack of self-determination?

Alaskan Campers has had a pre-matched flatbed Alaskan for sale since Overland Expo West in May. I suggest asking Bryan and Dorrie your question.” – David Casterson, 2016 RAM 3500, 2011 Hallmark Ute

“I like the idea. I think the younger generation is less interested in researching the compatibility of RV combinations. Offering professionally matched truck and camper set-ups would be safer and would perform better than unmatched units.” – Bradley Shaffer, 2009 Chevy 3500 HD, 2008 Lance 1181

“Why not? The problem is what I experienced when I purchased my first truck camper. I ordered a Ford F450 diesel dually in anticipation of purchasing a Lance 1172. I thought I would be as safe as anyone could be at that point.

When the truck arrived, I changed out the fuel tank from 37-gallons to a new tank with 65-gallons. I updated the front bumper with a Warn bumper and 15,000-pound capable winch. I then changed out the rear hitch with the Torklift 30,000-pound capable hitch.

I added everything that could allow the camper to ride level with Torklift equipment and air bags. Then I picked up the camper and watched the camper drop several inches.

To be within payload, I would have had to eliminate everything I added to the truck. A naked F-450 gas engine would work, but not perform to expectations.” – Donald Fox, 2015 Ford F-450, 2018 Arctic Fox 990

“I think professionally matched rigs are a great idea since I routinely see videos on Youtube where the salesman say a heavy camper will fit on a single rear wheel 2500 or 3500.

The salesmen are skirting the issue. Yes, you may be able to put 5,000-pound camper a payload-maxed regular cab long bed, two-wheel drive truck with a gas engine, but that would be dry weight only.

I think salesmen are being irresponsible to say things like that. It may not be a lie, but they are not being completely truthful either.

The manufacturers can help this by being more honest in their sales literature as well as stressing to their dealers to come clean on this issue.” – Marty Commins, 2007 Ford F250, 2006 Nash 22GQ trailer

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